Art and South Florida have become almost synonymous thanks to the internationally acclaimed Art Basel and a slew of other art fairs each December. These art fairs feature works from the greatest local and international talents drawing collectors, socialites and public figures from around the globe. Works may be found in the visual arts, mixed media, performance art, special installations and more. South Florida continues to be the place to take in amazing art even after the fairs end in the abundant array of art galleries including the ever-changing, ever-evolving and ever-burgeoning Miami Design and Wynwood Art Districts.

Art Basel Miami Beach
Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-7311

Date: Dec. 4-7, 2014

Hailing from Basel, Switzerland, Art Basel Miami Beach descends on South Florida for days of exceptional art, creative exhibitors and visitors, fabulous events and more. The internationally lauded art fair is one of only three around the world – the original continues in Basel as well as a third show in Hong Kong. The festival draws the who’s who of social circles, art collectors and celebrities around the globe and it appeals to audiences ranging from children to senior citizens, locals and non-locals alike. The Miami Beach Convention Center will be completely transformed for Art Basel once again for four days of showcasing works in a variety of media from over 250 of the top art galleries around the globe.

Art Miami
The Art Miami Pavilion
3101 N.E. 1 Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
(800) 376-5850

Date: Dec. 2-7, 2014

The year 2014 ushers in the 25th edition of Art Miami in Midtown (Wynwood Arts District). The fair offers five days (six for VIPs) of incredible contemporary and modern international works. It’s easy to spend a full day meandering and perusing the expansive pavilion filled with aesthetically pleasing and thought-provoking works including anything from hyper-realistic paintings and sculptures to performance art presentations and mixed media offerings. Last year’s event welcomed 60,000 visitors to Art Miami.

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair
Indian Beach Park
4601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(212) 255-2327

Date: Dec. 4-7, 2014

PULSE is a four-day contemporary art fair focusing on promoting talent and showcasing them to an ever-growing global audience. It’s truly an interesting art fair featuring even video and experimental technological installations, performances and other incredible art offerings. PULSE even serves to enlighten visitors by way of daily round-table discussions by great minds in the art world on contemporary art and other discussions relevant to the current state of the art market. Each year, one artist with a solo exhibition at the fair is awarded the PULSE prize, a cash grant and special recognition.

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Miami River Art Fair
James L. Knight International Center
400 S.E. 2 Ave.
Miami, FL 33131
(973) 270-7774

Date: Dec. 4-7, 2014

The Miami River Art Fair returns for four days of wonderful art to Downtown Miami at the James L. Knight International Center inside of the Downtown Miami Convention Center. The sizable contemporary art fair features individual artists as well as galleries in addition to creating educational initiatives featuring arts and cultural institutions, art research and more. Exhibitions are on display in two halls – the 27,000-square-foot Riverfront Hall and the 10,000-square-foot outdoor Sculpture Mall on the banks of the Miami River. The Miami River Art Fair also serves the purpose of assisting with the revitalization efforts of the Lower Miami River area.

Scope International Contemporary Art Show
Scope Pavilion
901 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(212) 268-1522

Date: Dec. 3-7, 2014

This December welcomes the 14th edition of the SCOPE contemporary art fair. There are so many wonderful works to discover for art collectors and art enthusiasts alike with gallery exhibitors hailing from Kyoto to New York – a truly diverse, global offering. Highlighting the best of the newest galleries is also an aim of SCOPE, a feat accomplished via the SCOPE Breeder Program providing them with extra exposure. The Scope Pavilion also has plenty to offer in the form of music, fashion and design.

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